Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Releases 2019 Proposed General Fund Budget
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther released his proposed 2019 General
Fund budget today at Milo Grogan Community Recreation Center. The proposal is
$912 million, based on projected revenue.
“The future of Columbus and the people who reside here
depend on our collective efforts to ensure we have vibrant, safe, thriving
neighborhoods,” said Mayor Ginther. “This fiscally-responsible budget maintains
our commitment to public safety, diversity and neighborhood development.”
Mayor Ginther highlighted his priorities:
- Continued support of the Department of
Neighborhoods with $11 million for efforts with the area commissions, My
Brother’s Keeper, the New American Initiative and our comprehensive
neighborhood planning in Linden and the Hilltop. This includes funding for 2
additional neighborhood liaisons as well as $6.1 million for Neighborhood
Crisis Response efforts to create physical deterrents to crime.
- $7.8 million for Code Enforcement for continued
efforts in fighting nuisance property violations and illegal dumping.
- $1.8 million for the work of CelebrateOne, the
city’s initiative to reduce infant mortality.
- $4.7 million for the Department of Education for
Early Start Columbus funding to support the number of pre-kindergarten
classroom slots and increase the quality of the programs Columbus children
- Continued support of job creation and expansion
funds for organizations who support entrepreneurship, startups and small
businesses throughout Columbus.
- Continued funding for affordable housing options
in support of the Mayor’s mandate to find solutions to the shortage of housing
- $414,000 for the harm reduction programs in the
battle against opioid addiction, including $250,000 allocated to the Safe Point
Program providing Naloxone access, addiction counseling, treatment referrals
and links to care.
- $371,000 dollars for continuation of the CARE
Coalition to provide trauma-informed responses not only to the family of
homicide victims, but to the neighbors in the area where the crime occurred.
- $622.5 million for Public Safety that includes
police and fire, including expansion of Safe Streets bike patrol, new classes
of police and fire recruits and a cadet program to form a pipeline of
qualified, diverse candidates for future classes.
- Continued funding for Recreation and Parks
programs for youth including APPS, after-school programming and summer youth
- Review of operations to see how the city can
become more efficient and better stewards of taxpayer money. Plans for these potential
changes will begin in the first part of next year.
- $1.75 million for the Rainy Day Fund, which will
be added to the $76 million projected in the fund by the end of 2018.
Columbus City Council will now hold budget hearings and host
hearings for public comment on the proposed budget. The final budget is
typically adopted by City Council toward the end of January or beginning of
The full budget can be found at columbus.gov/2019budget/.